Title: War Papers Read Before the Commandery of the State of Maine Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Volume 3.
Publisher: Lefavor-Tower, Portland
Date Published: 1908
Pages: 306
Keywords: Joshua Chamberlain, Lawrence Chamberlain, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Last Review, Washington DC, Capitol, Soldiers, Union, March, Victory, End of the Civil War, North, Parade, Speech
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Reproductions: This speech was reprinted in the book:
Bayonet! Forward: My Civil War Reminiscences
The Grand Review of the Army of the Potomac
Read before the commandery of the State of Maine, Military Order of the Loyal Legion on May 2, 1906.



A correspondent from the New York Times described the scene,
The Fifth Corps, numbering about 23,000 men, moved across the Long Bridge at 3 o'clock this morning, and forward on Tenth-street south, with its right resting on Maryland-avenue. It also filed to the right and marched along Maryland-avenue, passing around the capitol in the rear of the Nineteenth Corps, followed by Gen. WAINWRIGHT's artillery brigade. During the interval between the passage of the corps, the spectators on either side rushed to the front of the stand, where were the President, GRANT, SHERMAN and others, and indulged in an informal review of these gentlemen, who bore their inquisitive glances gracefully, and after repeated calls they severally arose and bowed their acknowledgments. But this scene was brief, for the Maltese cross of the Fifth Artillery Corps is wheeling into the avenue, the military figure of Maj.-Gen. GRIFFIN at the head of the line. Headquarters and staff and escort passed, and the First division follows with the gallant CHAMBERLAIN. No right by the rules of life and death to be there, but still there, leading his troops in the day of triumph as modestly as in the days of adversity. The First and Second brigades pass, and then comes the Third, four thousand strong, the consolidated remnant of the old First division of that corps, the brigade from which such soldiers as BUTTERFIELD, and RICE, and VINCENT, and half a score of others have graduated to higher rank. Still in its ranks are vestiges of these regiments which made Hall's Hill an encampment in the Winter of 1861 and 1862; the Eighty-third Tennessee and Sixteenth Michigan. The rest are all gone; "gone whence the note of victory cannot call them.1